Micah 7

The Prophet Acknowledges

Woe is me! For I am
Like the fruit pickers, like the a grape gatherers.
There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,
Or a b first-ripe fig which
Lit my soul
I crave.
The
Or loyal
godly person has e perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for f bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a g net.
Concerning evil, both hands do it h well.
The prince asks, also the judge, for a i bribe,
And a great man speaks the desire of his soul;
So they weave it together.
The best of them is like a j briar,
The most upright like a k thorn hedge.
The day when you post your watchmen,
Your l punishment will come.
Then their m confusion will occur.
Do not n trust in a neighbor;
Do not have confidence in a friend.
From her who lies in your bosom
Guard
Lit openings of your mouth
your lips.
For p son treats father contemptuously,
Daughter rises up against her mother,
Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
q A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

God Is the Source of Salvation and Light

But as for me, I will r watch expectantly for the  Lord;
I will s wait for the God of my salvation.
My t God will hear me.
u Do not rejoice over me, O v my enemy.
Though I fall I will w rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the  Lord is a x light for me.

I will bear the indignation of the  Lord
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He y pleads my case and executes justice for me.
He will bring me out to the z light,
And I will see His
I.e. right dealing
,
ab righteousness.
10 Then my enemy will see,
And shame will cover her who ac said to me,
Where is the  Lord your God?”
My eyes will look on her;
Lit Now
At that time she will
Lit become a trampled place
be af trampled down
Like mire of the streets.
11  It will be a day for ag building your walls.
On that day will your boundary be extended.
12 It will be a day when
Lit he
they will ai come to you
From Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
From Egypt even to the
Lit River
Euphrates,
Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.
13 And the earth will become ak desolate because of her inhabitants,
On account of the al fruit of their deeds.

14  am Shepherd Your people with Your an scepter,
The flock of Your
Or inheritance
possession
Which dwells by itself in the woodland,
In the midst of
Or Carmel
a fruitful field.
Let them feed in aq Bashan and Gilead
ar As in the days of old.
15 As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt,
I will show
Lit him
,
at you miracles.”
16 Nations au will see and be ashamed
Of all their might.
They will av put their hand on their mouth,
Their ears will be deaf.
17 They will aw lick the dust like a serpent,
Like ax reptiles of the earth.
They will come ay trembling out of their
Lit fastnesses
fortresses;
To the  Lord our God they will come in ba dread
And they will be afraid before You.
18 Who is a God like You, who bb pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the bc remnant of His
Or inheritance
possession?
He does not be retain His anger forever,
Because He bf delights in
Or lovingkindness
unchanging love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
bh He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will bi cast all
Several ancient versions read our
their sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give
Or faithfulness
,
bl truth to Jacob
And
Or lovingkindness
unchanging love to Abraham,
Which You bn swore to our forefathers
From the days of old.

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